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Grants awarded to teachers

The Cumberland County Public Schools Foundation received eleven Grant applications from Cumberland elementary, middle and high school teachers totaling $20,717.07. According to a press release, proceeds raised from the 2016 Walk for Education fundraiser totaling $5,000 were available for distribution.

“On May 19, the foundation awarded two grants totaling $995 to Cumberland Elementary, on May 10, awarded one grant totaling $1,800 to a Middle School teacher and on May 24, awarded two Grants totaling $2,205 to benefit the High school,” officials said in the release.

The release cited the Cumberland Middle School Grant totaling $1,800 was distributed as follows: Creating Complete Ensembles, Gordon Scott, $1,800.

“This project is designed to further the educational growth of the Cumberland band program by providing additional specialized instrumentation to the inventory, and engage in their immediate use, in order to better provide an instrumental education experience that is commonly found in most band programs,” officials said in the release. “In providing greater complexity of instrumentation, the program will provide new layers of difficulty and nuance in the group learning experience by both being able to play a wider variety of music literature as well as requiring a higher level of interactive performance expectations and responsibilities for each student.”

The release cited additionally, broader instrumentation will allow for students to study a wider range of classic music literature and masterworks.

Two Cumberland Elementary School (CES) grants totaling $995 were distributed as follows: CES Goes PBIS, Chiara Hoyt, $500.

“The educational goals are to increase in-class time for students due to fewer behavioral interruptions which will lead to greater academic achievement,” officials said in the release. Communication Without Words, Erica Gray, $495.

“The students will be able to communicate their answers using some type of communication tool. Another goal would be that the students will gain independence through the ability to communicate their wants and needs,” officials said in the release. “The students will be able to have access to the general education curriculum.”

Two Cumberland High School Grants totaling $2205 were distributed as follows: When CTE Meets German, Charles Kesner, $730.

“This project will expose students to film production and the German language in an interdisciplinary manner that will inspire them not only to pursue German but also to channel their creative energies into the arts,” officials said in the release. “Mr. Kesner specifically took an interest in teaching the students’ film because of his background in video production as well as it being a less commonly offered opportunity.”

2017 Robot, David Sullivan, $1,475.

“The educational goals of this project are as follows: Students will use hands on application to construct a robot and make it ready for competition,” officials said in the release. “Critical thinking and problem solving skills will be developed and tested.”